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Sharon Afek
Sharon Afek.jpg
Born 10 August 1970(1970-08-10) (age 49)
Allegiance Israel Israel
Rank Tat Aluf (brigadier general)
Unit Military Advocate General
Battles/wars First Intifada, al-Aqsa Intifada, Second Lebanon War , Operation Protective Edge

Sharon Afek (Hebrew: שרון אפק‎; born August 10, 1970) is the current Chief Military Advocate General of the Israel Defense Forces, appointed in October 2015.[1]

Military careerEdit

After receiving his law degree from Tel Aviv University School of Law, Afek joined the Military Advocate General Corps, beginning his career in the International Law Department of the unit.[2] He then fulfilled various senior positions in the Military Advocate General Corps, including the Deputy Head of the International Law Department, the Air Force District Attorney, the Legal Advisor for Judea and Samaria Area and the Deputy Military Advocate General. Afterwards, he served as the commander of the interservice “Afek” course of the IDF’s Staff and Command College.

On October 22, 2015, Afek was promoted to the rank of Tat Aluf (brigadier general) and appointed Chief Military Advocate General. Afek graduated cum laude with an LLB degree from Tel Aviv University and completed his Master’s degree in law, summa cum laude, at Tel Aviv University. Afek also holds a Master’s degree, cum laude, in National Security Studies from Haifa University (as a joint program with the IDF’s National Security College). Additionally, he attended the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University.[3]

Private LifeEdit

In an interview to Israel Bar association official magazine, Sharon Afek revealed he is gay, making him the first member of high command and the most senior Israeli military officer to come out.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Ben Porat, Ido (22 October 2015). "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}" (in Hebrew). http://www.inn.co.il/News/News.aspx/308424. Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  2. Judah Ari Gross, "New military advocate general prepared for ICC fight, The Times of Israel, August 18, 2015.
  3. Itamar Eichner, Yoav Zitun, "A legal umbrella for IDF soldiers in face of ICC, Ynetnews, August 17, 2015.
  4. "Top IDF officer reveals he is gay". Jerusalem Post. 2017-05-10. http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Top-IDF-officer-comes-out-of-closet-490289. 

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